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1,746 people sought marriage counseling help at Washington in the last year

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Starting Marriage counseling

What is Marriage counseling?

Marriage counseling, also known as couples therapy and relationship counseling, helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. Thriveworks marriage counseling in Washington, DC is led by licensed professionals — often licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) — who are experts in their field and best-equipped to help couples. Some examples of common focuses within Marriage counseling include:

  • Jealousy
  • Trust issues
  • Infidelity
  • Opposing values
  • Different visions for the future
  • Disagreements in parenting
  • Lack of trust
  • Financial distress
  • Sex issues

How does Marriage counseling work?

Marriage counseling works by helping couples identify and better navigate their unique challenges. Following an initial assessment of the couple in terms of strengths and needs, the therapist would then discuss their therapeutic goals and any possible approaches or ways of working together as therapist and couple.
Couples attend sessions together, whether they meet in person or by video. In addition to regular marriage counseling sessions, each partner may also be asked to attend a few individual sessions to supplement their progress. This will allow their counselor to get to know each individual better, assess each of their personal needs, and develop the very best treatment plan moving forward.

Is Marriage counseling conducted in person or online?

Marriage counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you and your partner.

How long does Marriage counseling last?

On average, couples attend marriage counseling for 12 weeks. However, marriage counseling may last longer or shorter, dependent on the couples' needs, the challenges they'd like to work through, and the pace of their progress. Marriage counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Washington, DC work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.

Need more help deciding?

Marriage is the union of two people who declare their un-denying love for each other. When you think of marriage, you think of a soul mate, everlasting happiness, and a life full of love. However, marriage is not always sunshine and rainbows. It is full of ups and downs, challenges, and turmoil. With good, comes bad. When the bad starts to get worse and you don’t feel like you and your spouse are connecting the way you once did, you might want to consider reaching out to a marriage counselor for help.

Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect. –Patrick Rothfuss

Research shows that nearly 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. Why is that, you may be wondering? When married couples start to face challenges in their relationship without properly de-escalating them, it can lead to explosive arguments, lack of trust, and feelings of disconnection. To prevent your marriage from getting to that point, or to help bring your marriage back, consider working with a marriage counselor. Thriveworks Washington, DC (Georgetown) offers marriage counseling services to partners who want to find lasting solutions to their problems. To get started, call us at (202) 221-8410.

Marriage Counseling: Does it Work?

You might be asking yourself, “Does marriage counseling actually work?” Marriage counseling is a form of counseling that is aimed at helping couples to identify and work through the conflicts and goals they have in marriage. It also helps you improve your overall connection and better understand each other’s needs and desires.

A licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) leads your sessions. These professions have the education, experience, and skillset to help couples through their journey together. In order to better serve you both, your marriage therapist will assess each of your goals and desires. Then, together you will come up with a plan of action that is unique to your situation. A marriage counselor can help you:

  1. Improve communication: By learning what each person wants, you can better understand what steps you need to take in order to achieve those goals. Without proper communication, you both can feel burnt out, upset, and defeated.
  2. Strengthen your bond: Talking things out and hearing what each other have to say in a safe, controlled environment can help strengthen your bond. When you said your vows to each other, you knew that it was because you have something special. Sometimes it can be a little hard to see back to that time, but with the help of a counselor, you can regain the strength you once had.
  3. Build trust: Relationships cannot function properly without one thing: trust. You must trust each other in order to parent, make decisions, change jobs, and more. Having your partner’s best interest in mind is one thing, but helping them trust you in that thought process is even more beneficial.

These are just some of the ways in which a marriage counselor can help you during your sessions. The possibilities are endless! If you feel like there are areas in your relationship that could be improved, consider working with one of our licensed psychologists at Thriveworks Washington, DC (Georgetown).

Are My Spouse and I a Good Fit for Marriage Counseling?

There are so many different reasons why a couple might want or need to pursue marriage counseling. Some decide to do it in order to strengthen their relationship while others are having thoughts of divorce. Here are some common issues that are discussed in marriage counseling:

  • Anger issues
  • Jealousy
  • Infidelity
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Poor communication
  • Conflicts in parenting decisions
  • Financial burdens
  • Sexual problems
  • Opposing values

As we mentioned before, there are countless reasons why you may need to seek professional help. To succeed in tackling these issues, you just need to find a counselor to work with, and both be mentally ready to speak on your relationship. Luckily, our Thriveworks Washington, DC counselors are ready to work with you. They provide empathetic care to both spouses, ensuring that you both feel like you are being heard and appreciated. You can be given the skills you need to improve your relationship and tackle future conflicts with ease.

In instances where you and your spouse need to make tough decisions, our counselors will be there to help guide you and offer support. If you and your spouse cannot connect on the level needed to fix things, your counselor can help you decide if divorce is the best option. It’s okay if you come to that conclusion. At the end of the day, both you and your spouse need to be happy and healthy. Sometimes divorce, although hard, is the only way to achieve that.

Work with a Marriage Counselor at Thriveworks Washington, DC in Georgetown

Do you and your spouse agree that things between you could be better? Are you ready to give marriage counseling a try? Consider reaching out to Thriveworks Washington, DC in Georgetown. We can connect you with a skilled marriage counselor who can help you resolve the issues that are dragging your marriage down.

You can set up an appointment online or by calling us at (202) 221-8410. We offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointments to give you and your partner more flexibility. In addition, we offer online counseling services to those who would prefer to meet with a counselor from the comfort of their own home, office, or even a coffee shop.

We look forward to working with you!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Washington therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Washington
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Washington reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I really love our counselor. She has been very helpful in addressing our marital concerns/ issues. She has also been flexible in getting us into her schedule during a time that works for us.
Read more I really love our counselor. She has been very helpful in addressing our marital concerns/ issues. She has also been flexible in getting us into her schedule during a time that works for us.
Washington, D.C. Nov 2018
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★★★★★
So far i am very happy with my counselor. He is understanding and sympathetic and his mindful methods are helping me deal with past hurts and manage stress and anxiety. The environment of the office is also very soothing and calming once you step through the door
Read more So far i am very happy with my counselor. He is understanding and sympathetic and his mindful methods are helping me deal with past hurts and manage stress and anxiety. The environment of the office is also very soothing and calming once you step through the door
Washington, D.C. Aug 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
First time trying it and definitely going back.
Washington, D.C. Jul 2018
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★★★★★
Very welcoming office. Beautiful atmosphere. Different from any other counseling office that I've seen. Highly recommend
Read more Very welcoming office. Beautiful atmosphere. Different from any other counseling office that I've seen. Highly recommend
Washington, D.C. Dec 2017
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★★★★★
I visited this office before it was even officially open, and was beyond impressed at how it looks and the customer service systems Thriveworks was putting in place. Impressive!
Read more I visited this office before it was even officially open, and was beyond impressed at how it looks and the customer service systems Thriveworks was putting in place. Impressive!
Washington, D.C. Nov 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry DC is located at 1010 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 340, Washington, DC 20007, in Georgetown, near the waterfront.

Phone number

(202) 952-4629

Languages spoken by DC providers

  • English
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